4th of July Fashion Guide
Confused about what to wear? Make sure you don't go overboard with the red, white and blue!
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Independence Day is coming up, and fashionistas from coast to coast are rocking their best red, white and blue ensembles in honor of this patriotic holiday. For those who are in need of some patriotic inspiration, take notes from Campus Circle on how to be on everybody’s best-dressed list this year.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for this Fourth of July:

Do: Appreciate color blocking. What better way is there to boast all three colors? This Independence Day, dress up a plain white tee with blue jeans and a red scarf, or pair a white tank top with a red skirt and a denim jacket!

Don’t: Underestimate the power of simplicity. Some people just aren’t cut out for that Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, wear everything-but-the-kitchen-sink look, and that’s okay! Understated looks are classy and timeless, and are appropriate, even on a flashy holiday. 

Do: Have fun with stripes! Statement stripes are in this season, so take advantage of the trend. Try thin stripes with a nautical top, white pants and sandals, or go bold with vertical striped jeans, a faded tee and a denim vest. 

Don’t: Shy away from mixing prints. If you want to wear stars on top and stripes on bottom, go for it! Mix-matched prints were all over the runway this season, so don’t be afraid to pair completely different pieces together this holiday. 

Do: Accessorize! Sometimes the finishing touch to an outfit is a little bling. A sparkly ring or a colorful bauble necklace is all you need to take your outfit from drab to fab.

Don’t: Drown yourself in jewelry. You want to watch the firework explosions, not look like a jewelry store exploded on you. One statement piece is enough; too much jewelry can overshadow your outfit.

Do: Take risks! July is the hottest month of the year, and your style should be just as hot. Show off your style in sheer blouses, bright colored pants and graphic prints galore.

Don’t: Forget about practicality: You will not have any fun if you are worried about a nip slip or a crotch shot all day. Make sure that you are comfortable in your outfit before heading out the door.

The best part about fashion is that every single girl has her own individual taste. We compiled a list of various styles, and listed perfect Fourth of July looks for each trend. So go channel your inner fashionistas and choose an outfit that is uniquely you:

Preppy: For the girls who idolize Blair Waldorf’s style, look no further. White is your color, and don’t be scared to wear it! Try a pair of white pants with espadrille wedges and a blue blazer. A red scarf will complete the look. Or consider a blue and white striped babydoll dress with black flats. You will look patriotically perfect at the family picnic. 

Bohemian: Channel your inner Nicole Richie, try these ideas for a perfect blend of peace, love and patriotism: a high-low maxi skirt or flowy wide leg pants are perfect to lounge in at the family picnic. A floppy sunhat doubles as great protection from the sun, and the perfect accessory to complete your look 

Rocker: If you pride yourself on knowing the ins and outs of the music scene, now you can also be proud of your killer outfit on the Fourth. A white tee, jean cut-offs and a vintage vest will have all eyes on you this holiday. Bright blue jeans, a worn white tee and a leather jacket will turn heads as well. Your hot outfit will keep you warm while you watch the fireworks from your apartment rooftop. 

*Side note: If you are planning to wear an American flag tee, just make sure not to go overboard. This is your closet we’re talking about, not an episode of “Buckwild.” 

Super Girly: For all the girls trying to justify wearing pink on the Fourth because it is a combination of red and white, these outfit ideas are feminine enough to suit all of your needs. Try a white lace dress with red pumps, or a full red skirt with a lace top and flats. You will be the belle of the ball, or in this case, the backyard barbeque. 

Quirky: If you have a funky style of your own, you can still be unique, even when wearing red, white and blue like everyone else. Try a romper with bold jewelry, or get creative and try mixing prints! Retro bathing suits are also perfect for saluting your country during a lazy day on the beach.

With all of these tips and tricks, styling your outfit will be as easy as (American) pie this Independence Day.